Celebrate the openings of the new exhibitions and project spaces. Atlanta Contemporary is pleased to present the artwork of Kentucky artist Charles Williams in the first solo show representing his work, The Life and Death of Charles Williams, curated by Phillip March Jones. Opening concurrently are new shows in our project spaces; Contemporary On-Site, Sliver Space, and Chute Space.

The opening reception will be held in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails with drinks by our Mixologist in Residence, Angela Smallwood. Admission is free. Credit bar.

Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means Street. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.

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Charles Williams

Charles Williams (b. Blue Diamond, Kentucky, 1942 – 1998), described the place he grew up as a “little old country hick town in coal mining territory.” He taught himself to draw by copying comic book figures and though he never finished high school, learned practical job skills at the Breckinridge Job Corps Center before finding work as a janitor at IBM in Lexington. Williams maintained an elaborate yard show in addition to making hundreds of pencil holders, in varying sizes and forms, mostly gleaned from the desk drawers of IBM employees after they had gone home for the day. Williams worked avidly on comics, paintings, drawings, assemblages, sculptures, and furniture until his untimely death in 1998, the result of AIDS-related complications and starvation. A few months later, an organization called A Moveable Feast Lexington was founded in his honor and tasked itself with providing hot meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in the region.

Phillip March Jones

Phillip March Jones is an artist, writer, and curator based in New York City. In 2009, Jones founded Institute 193, a nonprofit contemporary art space and publisher in Lexington, Kentucky. He later served as the inaugural director of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta, and as director of the Galerie Christian Berst (New York/Paris) and the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York. Jones currently serves as Institute 193’s Curator-at-Large and oversees Institute 193 (1B), a project space in Manhattan’s East Village that organizes collaborative exhibitions with cultural institutions from the Southern United States. Jones’ photographs and writings have been published by the Jargon Society, Vanderbilt University Press, Dust-to-Digital and Poem 88, among others.

Upcoming Events

April 27 / 2:00pm
Special Event

MuSEA Slow Reads


Folks get to activate MuSEA’s mobile library by relaxing at the Atlanta Contemporary and reading selected texts out loud to each other.

April 28 / 12:00pm
Contemporary Kids

Contemporary Kids


A free and interactive family-friendly program, Contemporary Kids introduces children to contemporary art and artists through approachable media and hands-on activities.

May 2 / 6:30pm
Contemporary Cocktails

Crafts + Cocktails


Join artist and educator Sherrice Adams for our adult craft night, Crafts + Cocktails.

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